ruler

noun
rul·​er | \ ˈrü-lər How to pronounce ruler (audio) \

Definition of ruler

1 : one that rules specifically : sovereign
2 : a worker or a machine that rules paper
3 : a smooth-edged strip (as of wood or metal) that is usually marked off in units (such as inches) and is used as a straightedge or for measuring

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Other Words from ruler

rulership \ ˈrü-​lər-​ˌship How to pronounce rulership (audio) \ noun

Examples of ruler in a Sentence

a summit attended by a number of rulers from around the world This ruler shows inches and centimeters.

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Dennis Nnamani, who works in the cabinet of the Igwe, or traditional ruler, in Apaugo, told me. Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani, The New Yorker, "The Descendants of Slaves in Nigeria Fight for Equality," 11 July 2019 Myanmar’s military rulers responded by massacring hundreds. Hannah Beech, New York Times, "‘Our Duty to Fight’: The Rise of Militant Buddhism," 8 July 2019 The supporters detested their 'rulers' and - over the course of 12 years - the mighty Liverpool were brought to their knees, though Rafa did his best to prevent the slump. SI.com, "Why Newcastle United Have No Hope of Premier League Survival Next Season," 8 July 2019 Sudan’s military rulers this month attempted to quash massive demonstrations by blacking out almost all internet and phone service, and sending paramilitary groups to violently break up protests. Shashank Bengali, latimes.com, "An increasingly popular authoritarian tool: Shutting down the internet," 27 June 2019 The committee is the medical arm of the Sudanese Professionals Association, which spearheaded protests against al-Bashir and is now leading a campaign of civil disobedience against the military rulers. Bassam Hatoum, BostonGlobe.com, "Amnesty warns war crimes continuing in Sudan’s Darfur," 11 June 2019 Researchers have used scanners, photocopiers, calipers, rulers, and even x-ray machines to assess finger length; in some studies the subjects measured themselves. Mitch Leslie, Science | AAAS, "Talk to the hand. Scientists try to debunk idea that finger length can reveal personality and health," 6 June 2019 Pakistan’s military rulers are therefore seeking a new patron, and China is eager to fill the void. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "Pakistan’s Deep State Seeks a New Patron," 30 July 2018 Sinhalese students learn that the great warrior-king Dutugemunu defeated a foreign ruler, Elara, protecting Buddhism and uniting the country. The Economist, "“Us” v “them” in South Asia," 29 June 2019

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First Known Use of ruler

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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ruler

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ruler

: a person (such as a king or queen) who rules a country, area, group, etc.
: a straight piece of plastic, wood, or metal that has marks on it to show units of length and that is used to measure things

ruler

noun
rul·​er | \ ˈrü-lər How to pronounce ruler (audio) \

Kids Definition of ruler

1 : a person (as a king or queen) having supreme power over a nation
2 : a straight strip (as of plastic, wood, or metal) with a smooth edge that is marked off in units and used for measuring or as a guide in drawing straight lines

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